*UPDATE (Feb 9th): We made a major improvement in the antenna situation at the repeater today with the installation of two new receive antennas and the remounting of our old four-element eggbeater antenna for transmit. Pictures can be found on the "Recent Pictures" link above. As it stands, the repeater now sports two receive antennas: an omnidirectional "big-wheel" and an 18 element high gain directional. The directional is mounted to a rotating mast which will soon be at the command of anyone using the 145.33 coordination repeater via touchtones. The software is being finalized for the custom hardware controller. More uptades to follow!!!
TVATV is a special interest group of the Huntsville Amateur Radio Club (HARC). Members maintain and operate an amateur TV repeater with input on 439.25 MHz and output on 421.25 MHz. A voice coordination repeater is operated on 145.33 MHz with input 600 kHz down. A net session for TVATV participants is held each Tuesday night at 8:00 PM with concurrent operation on the voice and ATV repeaters.
Members are interested in transmission and reception of video signals capable of being recorded on a standard VCR and/or displayed on a standard TV set. Some of the projects TVATV members have been involved with are: Linking Huntsville School System classrooms across town to allow students to interact and share projects and instruction. Installing a link to a weather radar system allowing the radar image to be displayed by the group's video repeater statiion on receipt of remote control commands. Transmitting video from the lead truck for the Rocket City Marathon and the Cotton Row Run to allow race organizers to keep track of the lead runners' progress. Installing a "Tower Cam" - a video camera located atop the video repeater's tower on Monte Sano with a remote control system allowing actuation of the camera and pan/tilt control.
If you have a cable-ready TV set, are in line-of-sight of the southern end of Monte Sano, and have an outdoor antenna, you can view the images transmitted from the ATV repeater by connecting the antenna to the cable input and tuning the receiver to cable channel 57.
Anyone interested in ATV is encouraged to check into the net or to contact us at [email protected], for information about ATV or membership in TVATV.
Members of TVATV and regular users of its facilities are requested to pay an assessment of $15.00 per year to help cover maintenance and enhancement of the system. Payment can be made to the HARC Treasurer at the club's address.